CMS Surpasses Its Goal: 100,000+ Providers Use EHRs “Meaningfully”
More than 100,000 health care providers are using electronic health records (EHRs) that meet federal standards, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced in a June 19 press release.
Just three months ago, CMS Acting Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Farzad Mostashari, M.D., Sc.M, set a goal of 100,000 providers attaining meaningful use by the end of 2012.
“Meeting this goal so early in the year is a testament to the commitment of everyone who has worked hard to meet the challenges of integrating EHRs and health information technology into clinical practice,” Tavenner said.
The EHR incentive programs provide incentive payments to eligible professionals, hospitals, and critical access hospitals that adopt, implement, upgrade, and meaningfully use a certified EHR. As of the end of May 2012, the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs have paid more than 110,000 eligible professionals and over 2,400 eligible hospitals. In total, over $5.7 billion in EHR incentive program payments have been made.
For more information on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, visit the CMS website.